“What was Home”

The opening of the first ever Mawi store recently reminded us as a company of the importance of homes- both in terms of East London as the ‘home’ of Mawi, and in terms of having your own space where you can be totally relaxed, totally yourself.

With this in mind, I was delighted to receive a copy of a new book of photographs from Dileep Prakash entitled ‘What Was Home’, from Photoink- the Delhi gallery who showed this series and produced the book- about 70 pages of black and white bliss.

The work grew out of Prakash’s desire to revisit Mayo College, the boarding school in Ajmer where he spent his bittersweet formative years. (Ajmer is also a place which has a special connection with Mawi and the new store, but that’s another story…)

He explains the development of the project: “Initially I photographed the boarding school with a documentary leaning, but it soon became a more contemplative approach. My attempt was to explore memory, not descriptively but emotionally. I was drawing from memories, my imagination… fear, loneliness, surprise… I also decided to photograph other boarding schools of similar vintage and founded with a similar vision. Over four years, in the course of photographing nineteen old boarding schools across India, I felt many commonalities that resonated with my years at Mayo.”

Indeed, the photographs express the much broader emotional landscape of loneliness, constriction, rebellion and belonging, that schools, and institutions more generally, imbed and evoke. To read the images is to unearth half-remembered, half-forgotten memories…

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MET Ball: Best Dressed

A round up of our favourite looks from the MET Ball held in honour of Lee McQueen. If any Mawi fans are in NYC and manage to see the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition of his work at the museum, please do comment here or on our Facebook page and tell us all about it!

Karen Elson, ethereally beautiful in McQueen. I adore the aged effect of this beautiful gilded fabric and the roughly cut edges of the hem and sleeves. It looks like something discovered in the attic of my dreams…

The inimitable Daphne Guinness- a great friend and muse of the late designer, in feathered McQueen with her trademark monochrome tresses and gravity-defying footwear.

Chanel Iman didn’t go for McQueen but for angelic white lace from D&G with classic red lips, drop earrings and a twinkling Chanel bag. I liked elegant length of the dress and the slightly nostalgic, vintage feel to her hairstyle.

Love this jewel jade colour on Ginnifer Goodwin, but particularly love that the dress is from TOPSHOP UNIQUE! Even supermodel Giselle is looking on, rather enviously, in the background. The clever draping and plunging neckline are reminiscent of designs by Issa- one of new Royal Catherine Middleton’s all-time favourite designers.
I think this is the most sensational I’ve ever seen the sensational Anna Della Russo look! Her tux suit is actually by Sarah Burton, showcasing the successor at McQueen’s incredible creative breadth. The tailoring is impeccable, and I love how the brocade hugs her hips and accentuates her shape.  On someone else the surrealist hat could be too much, but on Anna it’s perfection!
I can imagine that Isabel Lucas’ look (she wore Louis Vuitton) won’t have been a hit with everyone, but being a jewellery magpie, I loved her long, Indian-inspired earrings and 1920s meets India style headdress.  The warm pink colour of her dress also clashed to perfection with the red carpet and I liked the rose gold lip colour too- very Rodarte runway!
Much more understated, but a triumph in easy elegance was Michelle Williams in Miu Miu. (The girl in the background was seriously wasting an opportunity to get dressed up in my opinion…)
It’s a long standing tradition for designers to accompany a muse or celebrity fan to the Ball. And if there was a prize for the sweetest pair I think this year it would have to be Christian Louboutin and Ashley Olsen in vintage Christian Dior.
When our invitations come through for the 2012 Met Ball  (obviously they got ‘lost in the post’ this year) which designer would you like on your arm?
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